S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Proverbs 1:1-7 in two translations:
These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (New Living Translation “NLT”)
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (New International Version “NIV”)
What do you believe it means to “guard your heart”? What does it NOT mean?
Have you ever taken the time to read through the entire book of Proverbs? (HINT: one chapter a day will allow you to complete it in a month!)
When do you anticipate completing your learning and stop growing in wisdom?
Lord, teach me to fear you so that I can focus on your wisdom, your ways and your kindness